Culture of Kenya

The People

Kenyas population is 32.02 million is growing at about 1.1 persent. English and Kiswahili are Kenyas offical Languages. In Kenya the mainly use English in buisness, education, and government. For the majorty of Kenyans are Christians. There is also Roman Catholic and Muslims. In kenya they usually wear western chlothing. Childern, tourists, and elderly men wear shorts, woman usually wear dresses.

Customs and Courtesies

In kenya they pass and accept items with the right hand or both. using the left hand alone is improper. if u point at someone with your index finger is rude. Approval may be shown with both thumbs extended up. In Kenya a handshake is common and important throughout the country. if you support your right arm with your left hand while shaking shows respect for your elders. Because of strong family ties and friendships, visiting is very popular mostly on Sundays, some people bring flowers or tea for there hosts. when you have a dinner at someones house after the meal you would stay for more conversation. if you use utensils you would hold a knife in the right hand and a spoon in the left.

Life Style

Family in Kenya is usually very large. The family's youngest adult son care for there aging parents. Woman in family's care for there house there children and garden. Then the husbands rarely cook and do not do household chores. Dating in Kenya usually starts at about the age of 18 and usually marry in there early twenties. The family's usually take care of the wedding plans. Soccer is the most popular sport in Kenya. Music in Kenya is mostly western or gospel as well as Congolese. Business and government hours are usually between 8 a.m. to noon or 1 p.m. or from 2 to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday.


Kenya is led by a president who is directly elected a five year term and selects a vice president who will also serve a five year term. Kenya has good air lines and poor train and bus service. most roads are unpaved. Rural people rarely have there own cars. Primary school is free for ages six to fourteen, in school English is introduced in first and second grade. Some teachers usually get two jobs. only about half of Kenya's population have access to basic heath care. in rural areas people mostly avoid government hospitals.